Rare French Paper Mache Fashionable Lady in Costume a la Turque

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12" (30 cm.) Paper mache shoulder head of adult lady with oval face and elongated throat,painted features,small blue outlined eyes,accented nostrils,closed mouth with accent line between the lips,silk hair with henna dye over painted black hair that is drawn into a chignon at the back,firmly-shaped kid body with stiffened kid hands in expressive poses,and painted brown shoes with upturned toes. Condition: generally excellent,some old facial touch-up on complexion. Comments: French,early 19th century,the fashion a la turque was the rage in late 18th century style. Value Points: very rare early doll with exquisite and beautifully-preserved costume,featuring a silk bodice with padded bosom under silk tunic with elaboate embroidery,harem style magenta silk pants,gold and ivory silk braided sash,and an elegant gold and aqua silk back skirt and sous-sleeves; posed upon original green silk cushion.
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